No MO GOP Breakfast Club
The controversy started when, Democrats said, lobbyists could join the GOP group by paying $1,000-$5,000 to have breakfast with Republican Senate leaders at the Jefferson City Country Club.
"It looks like, if you wanted to play in this arena, if you want to have access to certain legislation, if you wanted your bills on behalf of your clients to pass, then you would have to come to these breakfasts and then you would have to pay to play," complained Democratic Sen. Rita Days of St. Louis.
"There is absolutely no evidence or history of Republicans in the state of Missouri doing the kinds of things that the Democrats are alleging that we've done," countered John Hancock of the Missouri GOP. "In fact, the history is that it's the Democrats."
Opposition to the fundraisers erupted after Democratic lawmakers received an e-mail about them. Republican Sen. Michael Gibbons' spokesperson said GOP lawmakers won't hold the breakfasts because they caused too much turmoil.
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